John Williams is 80

(Originally posted on sleepsong, April 21, 2009. Happy 80th birthday, Maestro!) When John Met Igor Older fans of traditional film scores and/or 20th century music will know this one. And almost everyone knows the main musical theme to the 1975 film Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg and his first major success as well as generally… Continue reading John Williams is 80

Cadence Canon (On Eight Notes)

g’/d’     b♭’/d’     b♭’/f#’      b’/f#’       b’/e’      a♭’/e’     a♭’/c’       g’/c’ a♭/c       g/c          g/d          b♭/d       b♭/f#      b/f#        b/e        a♭/e (2008)

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“Sequence, symmetry & simplicity”–my composer’s motto, 1996. 15 years later, inspiration strikes and the same schemes still seem sparkly.

Canon on Six Notes

Musical symmetry in the eponymous string quartet I wrote for my grandmother Madra, who would’ve been 105 this year: a”/d’     d”/f’     f”/c’     c”/g’     g”/e’     e”/a’ (1998)